A Russian business association has called on the labor ministry to consider moving to a six-day work week so they can better deal with fallout from Western sanctions, Kremlin-controlled media reported Monday.
With sanctions straining the Russian economy, “Our financial and economic system is still in need of additional investments,” the Avanti business club said in a letter to the labor minister, Anton Kotyakov, according to Russian outlet Izvestia.
Russia has been under international sanctions since 2014 when the Kremlin’s troops invaded Crimea, and Western countries have ratcheted up their sanctions effort since Moscow initiated its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February.
The EU is currently discussing an 11th round of sanctions against Russia, which could include measures targeting countries that continue doing business with Moscow, thus allowing it to bypass the sanctions.
Created in 2014, the Avanti entrepreneurs group has members from the business sector but also several Russian members of parliament, according to its website.